That's when Tech inbounded the ball with 3.8 seconds left and it went the length of the floor before Williams was ruled to have touched it going out of bounds. That gave Tech another chance under its own basket with 3.4 seconds to play and Crockett missed the final shot and WVU could breathe a sigh of relief.
"It's always good to win by a big margin, but these are the games you live for,'' said point guard Juwan Staten, who had another huge game with 25 points and five assists, making 10 of his 12 shots. "You live for the close ones.''
Well, this one was close for a lot of reasons, but one was Staten's mistake, or at least a perceived mistake. The Mountaineers had lost most of an 11-point lead and Tech was to within 66-64 when Staten drove to the basket and made a layup to make it a four-point margin.
But after the shot dropped through, a whistle blew and Staten was being charged with a technical, either for something he said or did after being banged around in the lane on the drive without a foul being called. Two free throws on the other end from that started a 7-0 Tech run and soon the Red Raiders had a 71-68 lead.
"I honestly didn't say anything,'' Staten said. "I just turned around and looked. Maybe that was it.''
That could have been disastrous, but over the final three minutes the Mountaineers didn't lose their cool and rallied. They got all the way back when Henderson dropped in his tying shot with 16.8 seconds to go and Tech couldn't answer, sending the game into an overtime in which WVU never trailed.
And to that 2-0 league mark and first place, for now.
"I think any coach in this conference would be excited to win two games on the road,'' Bob Huggins would say later. "This is a pretty hard league to win in. You've got to be excited to be 2-0 on the road.''
In addition to Staten's 25 points and Henderson's 16, Eron Harris recovered from a three-point first half to score 18, Devin Williams had 12 points and seven rebounds and Brandon Watkins had five points and eight boards. West Virginia was outrebounded 35-26, but shot 55.7 percent for the game, including 63.3 percent (19 of 30) after halftime.
Tech got 18 points from Jordan Tolbert, 15 from Crockett and 17 from Gotcher, but a lot of the damage was done by reserve guard Dusty Hannahs, who had 14 and sparked Tech's comeback from that 11-point deficit in the second half.
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